In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there was - at least for a short time - a quality of vividness and clarity of focus in our public discourse that reminded some Americans - including some journalists - that vividness and clarity used to be more common in the way we talk with one another about the problems and choices that we face. But then, like a passing summer storm, the moment faded.in a speech he opens with these frightfull words,
I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse . I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.and then mid-speech starts quoting Habermas!
The German philosopher, Jurgen Habermas, describes what has happened as "the refeudalization of the public sphere." That may sound like gobbledygook, but it's a phrase that packs a lot of meaning. The feudal system which thrived before the printing press democratized knowledge and made the idea of America thinkable, was a system in which wealth and power were intimately intertwined, and where knowledge played no mediating role whatsoever. The great mass of the people were ignorant. And their powerlessness was born of their ignorance.Skip the Teuton Weltanshauung Mr. Vice President.
It is gobbledygook and you're sounding strange.
Have faith in your fellow Americans and remember Lincoln's "You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."
Now the Democratic party may be in sore need of some clarity and new ideas but Americans will build the future with or without you.
Right now you just seemly tragically stuck in your own lost election.
That's not an effective way to be an opposition.